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Sandi Litzenberg (#47750943)
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Bio Photo Being a Find A Grave photo contributor is the most rewarding & constructive hobby I've ever taken up.. You have my consent to use any of the headstone or plot photos that I've loaded to memorials.. If I've created a memorial for a family member or friend of yours, I'm more than willing to transfer them to you.. I'm not looking to own high numbers of memorials, my intentions as a contributor are.. first.. to help document the cemeteries.. and secondly.. to help family members find their ancestors more easily.. So even if you don't necessarily fit the Find A Grave 'guidelines' for requesting a transfer, don't let that deter you from asking.. My feelings are that if you've taken the time to contact me with a correction or addition to a memorial, then you qualify...

I also want to give special mention to my Find A Grave friend, Kris Daugherty/OSU1988. Kris has been a tremendous help to me by providing me with cemetery records for Williams County. These records have enabled me to add my photos to memorials with confidence. As many of you know, sometimes we encounter stones that have been so worn down by time and weather that they are unreadable. Her records allow me the ability to cross check the photos with placement of the graves and to identify those unreadable stones. THANK YOU KRIS!!!

Also, I came across this poem on another contributor's profile and it perfectly conveys my thoughts and feelings as I walk the cemeteries.. so with his permission I've borrowed it from his page and here it is..

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
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Janice Oberlin Smarr
Joseph Van Buskirk
His son Lowerie is buried in lagrange county Indiana
I will see if i can get his obit tomarrow
Added by Janice Oberlin Smarr on Oct 20, 2014 6:57 PM
Janice Oberlin Smarr
Joseph Van Buskirk
Well with this death date and place maybe a nice person at that local library can find his obit which would prove if it is in fact him.
Added by Janice Oberlin Smarr on Oct 20, 2014 6:51 PM
Janice Oberlin Smarr
Maybe this is him

Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920
Name: Joseph VanBusKirk
Date: 11 Dec 1905
Location: Lima Township
Age: 89 Yr
Gender: Male
Race: White
Source Location: County Health Office, La Grange
Source notes: The source of this record is the book H-14 on page 48 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.
Added by Janice Oberlin Smarr on Oct 20, 2014 2:52 PM
Randall Brown
RE: Mary Van Buskirk
I think the old man was living with one of his sons, maybe Thomas, in Indiana when he died. I have a letter written by I think Alice to her sister Emiline, dated about 1900 where she says "Pap," her father Joseph, was complaining about losing his bed rope saying that he'd had it since he lived in Tuscawaras County, probably prior to the 1850s. Alice also says she is not feeling well, complains of a sore throat. Not long after she died of throat cancer. My family seems to have been good about saving old photos, primarily I believe because of Emiline Van Buskirk and my grandfather Melvin Brown, husband of Dessie Adair. So I have pictures of several branches of the family, Van Buskirks, Adairs, and Browns. Yes, I'll have to dig them out and post some of them. I already posted photos of my great great grandparenst Jacob Brown and Catherine Brenner Brown on their find a grave pages.
Thanks again for everything.


PS - My dad (Dale Adair Brown) was raised by Emiline Bordner (Van Buskirk) after Dessie, his mother died in 1903. He always called her "Grandma" when, of course, she was really a great-aunt. Emaline had raised dad's mother before him, when Anna Adair had died in 1872, so "Grandma" raised two generations of mother-less children, beginning roughly 30 years apart.

Some genealogists get confused since my grandmother was born Dessie Adair, but was always known as Dessie Bordner although she was never adopted by Emaline and George Bordner. I don't believe the Bordners ever had children of their own, but Dessie was always "their" daughter. Dessie was a school teacher in the Montpelier area before they moved to Michigan, and I have the bell she used to call her classes in for the start of school or after recess.

Added by Randall Brown on Oct 19, 2014 12:54 PM
Janice Oberlin Smarr
Alice Thomas
I linked her to her mother I am pretty sure her father is buried with his wife and some of their children.
Added by Janice Oberlin Smarr on Oct 19, 2014 12:16 PM
Randall Brown
RE: Mary Van Buskirk
Thanks, Sandi. After I posted my message to you I did some more on the Reillys and someone has traced the ancestry all the way back to the first American Reilly ancestor who came from Ireland in the 1700s. This was on I have no idea who the person is who did the research. Thanks for the offer to transfer the Find a Grave entries to me. I don't know how that would work. Maybe later sometime. The Anna Adair in the other part of the cemetery is my great grandmother who probably died in childbirth when my grandmother Dessie Adair was born in 1872. Anna's husband was named William C. Adair. He died much later, in 1917 and is buried in the cemetery near Montpelier. I don't think I've checked to see if he's in Find A Grave. I have photos of all these people (except Mary Van Buskirk) and might post them some time. The pictures came from my grandfather Brown (Melvin, son of Abner and Amanda_ with whom lived Emiline and George Bordner who had raised Dessie Adair after her mother Anna died. Emiline was Anna's older sister and no doubt had the family photos which went to my granddad after she died in the early 1920s. Dessie died in 1903, also in childbirth. My dad was about 4 years old at the time.

Added by Randall Brown on Oct 18, 2014 4:55 PM
Randall Brown
Mary Van Buskirk
Hi - I've contacted you before regarding the Jacob Brown and son Abner Brown families of Williams County. Mary Van Buskirk is another of my ancestors, one of my great grandmothers. She was the wife of Joseph Van Buskirk. It has come down in my family that her maiden name was Reilly. I see there is an older couple also buried in Eagle Creek Cemetery named Riley. I wonder if they were her parents. Anyway, Mary Reilly or Riley, and Joseph Van Buskirk were the parents of Anna Van Buskirk Adair also buried in Eagle Creek cemetery in a different part of it, however, near the other end. (I visited the cemetery many years agao.) The connection to the Browns is that Anna (Van Buskirk) Adair (who married William Clark Adair) had a daughter named Dessie Adair (Adessa in the 1880 cnesus record) who married in about 1897 to Melvin Clark Brown, son of Abner and Amanda (Bollinger) Brown who lived near the Heritage Cemetery where they are buried. When I was at the Eagle Creek cemetery the headstone for Mary Van Buskirk was broken. I see by your photo that someone has fixed it. I was always going to try to get back to do that myself but never was able to get back since, so am glad that someone did it for me.
Dessie Adair was my grandmother. She went by the name of Dessie Bordner since she was raised after her mother's death (probably in child birth) by Emiline Van Buskirk, Anna's sister.Emiline was married to George Bordner. Melvin, Dessie, and the Bordner all moved to Michigan where my dad wss born in 1899 in Osceola County. Dessie died there in 1903 from complications from child birth just as her mother did. Emiline then raised my dad, who he called Grandma, just as she had raised hie mother before, beginning about 30 years earlier. I have photos of the Adair, William and Anna, my great grandparents and will try to add it to their entries. They are buried in different cemeteries.

Thanks for all you do.

Randy Brown
Added by Randall Brown on Oct 16, 2014 11:03 PM
Lori Zeiler
RE: John & Mary Friend
Thank you very much
Added by Lori Zeiler on Oct 14, 2014 3:32 PM
Lori Zeiler
John & Mary Friend
Hi Sandi
I see you have memorials for John and his wife Mary #116674701 & 116674676. Wondered it you would be kind enough to transfer them to me. They are part of my Friend line. John's obit says 1 son and 3 daughters passed years ago I was wondering if Harmon might be the son. Is he buried near them? or any of the girls?
Thanks for all your help
Added by Lori Zeiler on Oct 13, 2014 4:05 PM
Christina & Rebecca O
RE: Huff transfers
Thank you for the transfers. If I find anymore then I will get a hold of you.
Have a great day :)
Added by Christina & Rebecca O on Oct 11, 2014 9:28 AM
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